There seems to be a never-ending dialogue these days about the increasing digitization of business. Across all industries, more and more work is being conducted online, and for the most part the gradual transition is resulting in improving efficiency and convenience. The clearest example in the past year is probably the widespread implementation of smart phones in business, as people are now able to send and receive emails and check in to company websites from just about anywhere in the world!
If there is a drawback to this increased use of technology in business practices, it is probably that businesses are now vulnerable to completely unpredictable mishaps. If your hardware is damaged, or a file you send is intercepted or lost, etc., your business may suffer as a result. For this reason, the need for adequate backup of digital files has been well chronicled. But, continuing the non-stop implementation of newer technology in business practices, the last year has seen a particular form of digital backup taking centre stage: cloud storage from providers like Citrix ShareFile.
There are numerous forms of electronic backup for digital files, and each has clear benefits. The bottom line is, any form of backup is safer than no backup at all. But here are a few of the specific reasons that more people and businesses are opting for cloud storage backup.
- Data Security – There is a popular misconception that cloud storage is somehow less secure. However, this appears to be based largely in a sort of paranoia about not having immediate physical control over the data centre your files are backed up in. In truth, cloud networks offer high levels of digital security for your data, making them completely reliable.
- Quick Implementation – Organizing some forms of backup takes a good deal of time. For example, even something as simple as setting up an external hard drive involves shopping, product comparison, purchase, and physical connection every time you want to back up files. Cloud storage can be accessed and utilized in a matter of minutes from your computer, and used just as simply each time you need it moving forward.
- Off-Site Data Centres – As mentioned, cloud computing offers very secure digital security for your data. Additionally, however, the off-site nature of cloud data centres adds another layer of physical security. If, for example, something were to happen to your office environment, you may have all of the machines and hardware in the office incapacitated. In such an event, off-site data will remain safe.
- Easy Use – Finally, there’s the simple fact that cloud backup is easy. Often, cloud computing services provide you with very simple implementation that can fit right into your company website or user platform. This makes cloud backup just a few mouse clicks away any time you need it.